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Education

High School Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure Program

Empower students to build skills for lifetime success.

High school is an exciting and sometimes daunting time for students, as they start to think ahead to college and careers. As a grades 8-12 teacher, you can make a positive impact on their path to adulthood using strategies and skills that will encourage success.

In this program, you'll focus on one of eight content areas.* You’ll investigate aspects of adolescent development in the areas of language, memory, sensory perception, emotion, and attention. Develop instructional units and effective teaching strategies. Discover how project-based collaborative learning can engage students in meaningful explorations. 

You'll explore best practices for instruction and assessment, and learn how to work with diverse student populations, including English language learners. Learn the importance of equity and social justice, which are woven throughout your study. Throughout, you'll bring creativity and self-reflection to all you do, working with your faculty to co-construct new knowledge and practices.

At the end of your program, you can practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom through an immersive student teaching experience.

Then, with the skills needed for a rewarding career, you'll graduate from the university that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years. You'll emerge knowing that you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

*This program prepares you for licensure in one of eight content areas:

  • Biology (8–12)
  • Chemistry (8–12)
  • Earth and Space Science (8–12)
  • English (5–12)
  • History (5–12)
  • Mathematics (8–12)
  • Physics (8–12)
  • Social Sciences (5–12)

As of July 1, 2019, English, History, and Social Sciences licenses span grades 5-12.

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program

34 Credits
Remote Learning for Spring 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Spring 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

teacher helping students with assignment

Off Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site (remote learning until circumstances allow in-person classes) one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small cohort of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and you'll complete the program in about two years. Graduates of these programs say they enjoyed and benefited from the learning community experience. A new cohort is planned for the near future.

High school teacher sitting with 2 students

Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our high school education program prepares you to:
$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Associate Professor Susan Patterson
Susan Patterson
Susan is the program director for the middle and high school programs in the Graduate School of Education. Having been described as an "unapologetic evangelical for the cause of technology in schools," her focus remains on working with classroom teachers on appropriate technology integration. Susan started her professional career as a middle and high school teacher of history and economics. She lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Israel, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
High School Education
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 34
    $28,900
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The per-credit tuition rate listed is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Spring 2021:

For most of our graduate programs where delivery modalities have been changed, we are reducing those per-credit rates for the Spring 2021 semester. And many fees associated with a physical presence on campus will be reduced or eliminated. Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, including discounted Spring 2021 rates.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 34
    $22,100
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $220
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $390/credit x 34
    $13,260
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $220
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Because of our commitment to offering affordable and accessible educational opportunities in Bristol County, if you live or work in Bristol County, Massachusetts and you start a Lesley program no later than our Summer semester (June 1-August 22, 2021) or Summer Term 1 (May 17-July 11, 2021), you’ll only pay the low tuition rate of $390/credit for your entire program.

Students who do not live or work in Bristol County would pay the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible for Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

 

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